Last month, a lot of people were shocked and pleasantly surprised to hear President Obama mention the need for reform within treatment for addiction. Though presidential candidates often preach about this necessity for change, about providing help for those who are struggling, this moment was a different ball game entirely. Primarily, it speaks to how desperately changes do need to be made in how treatment is provided and what it entails, particularly for those suffering from heroin addiction in the United States.
How Can the U.S. Improve Treatment for Addiction?
What does it say about a particular issue when it’s mentioned so prominently in an event with high viewership, like the State of the Union? Most likely, it means that the problem has gotten so massive that the need for reform within treatment can no longer be ignored. This is certainly the case with treatment for addiction and how the system needs bright minds to put together more solid solutions for struggling addicts of all situations. Addiction “respects no socioeconomic boundaries, race, creed or gender. Addiction is not a moral failing.”
Why are those concepts so difficult for people to understand and to develop programs around? Incarceration has never really been a viable solution for helping these people to recover and to shape new, better lives. The stigmas associated with addiction have kept many from reaching out for the assistance that they need, and sometimes the cost can be lethal. It’s not only changes in policy and program that are needed for reform within treatment, though, but also an addition of respect for these people combined with a more in-depth understanding of what addiction actually means.
What is it that’s finally opened Americans’ eyes to the necessity to adjustments within treatment for addiction? “Addiction is costing our economy $660 billion a year in lost wages, medical, social and prison costs… [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][and] it is estimated that between 60 and 90 percent of all people incarcerated in the United States have an alcohol or drug problem.” Those are big, terrifying numbers, and they obviously won’t just drop or vanish over time. Without major reform within treatment undertaken by those who have the power to propose and pass laws, these statistics will only climb and reach levels of epidemic proportion. Currently, with so many who need treatment behind bars rather than in rehab facilities, it’s clear that the “solution” of throwing addicts behind bars doesn’t solve any problems. While some prisons may have a few addiction resources, it’s more likely that the addict will live out their sentence and leave with the same issues as before.
There needs to be a unification of forces toward this common goal. Addicts have stood alone for too long, faced with overwhelmingly negative attention, their difficulties shunned by those who could help. It isn’t enough to have a few successful centers across the country that provide treatment for addiction; at this level, lawmakers and executives have to step in to take reform within treatment to the next level. Funds need to be provided to improve the lot of those who would otherwise be incarcerated so that they can instead work toward recovery and a better lifestyle. More laws and funding may not make addiction itself any easier to deal with, but if they are put into action in the right way and are supported by people who are fully committed to the cause, then there can be some serious change.
“The National Institute on Drug Addiction (NIDA) has studies showing that 10 percent of the US population admits to being a substance abuser, but… the actual number is closer to 20 percent.” That is a huge part of Americans that are struggling and who need treatment for addiction now. It isn’t only addicts who suffer; the families, friends, and loved ones who want to see them get better are also greatly impacted by their ability to recover. Without that chance, the amount of people who will continue to struggle beneath the weight of feeble addiction resources will rise. For more information regarding comprehensive treatment for addiction, get in touch with The Bergand Group. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center, and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues.
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About The Bergand Group:
At The Bergand Group in Baltimore and Harford County, Maryland, our therapists have more than twenty years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehab and drug rehabilitation. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. We can help. Contact us today.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]